We got engaged in Dec 2015 and planning our wedding in Spring or Summer 2017. We could get our guest list down to 70, but would be nice not to cut down under 100. We're footing the bill ourselves and I am finishing grad school so our total budget is only $15,000 (I can't believe I even have to say "only 15k"! Totally open to a Friday night wedding. I've looked at dozens of venues on line since we currently live in NYC (fiance from Chicago). I really don't care for the look of banquet halls or ballrooms. More into cool restaurants or lofts! But when I find a venue we like the catering is $$$! I'm trying to stay around 10K for the venue, food and bar, which is impossible to do in the Chicago/Chicago suburbs. Ok spending $15,000 all in (dress, dj, bridal flowers, venue, food, BYOB alcohol aka delivered from Binny's - preferred).....feeling really discouraged. Any help would be amazing!